Why not a Python compiler?

Grant Edwards grante at visi.com
Wed Feb 6 16:35:09 CET 2008


On 2008-02-06, Reedick, Andrew <jr9445 at ATT.COM> wrote:

>> Pypy is a very ambitious project and it aims, amongst many
>> other goals, to provide a fast just-in-time python
>> implementation. They even say that the "secret goal is being
>> faster than c, which is nonsense, isn´t it?" (I still didn´t
>> get the joke though...).
>
> 'c' is also the speed of light.

'c' is the speed of light _in_a_vacuum_.

> And since nothing can travel faster than light...

Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light
_in_a_vacuum_.  There are situtaitons where things can (and
regularly do) travel faster than light: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherenkov_radiation

Half a demerit.

> One demerit has been marked against your geek card for missing
> an obvious science pun.  Additionally, your membership to the
> Star Trek Lifestyle Adventure Club has been put on
> probationary status for the next twelve parsecs.

Ouch. Two demerits for using the distance unit "parsec" in a
context where a quantity of time was required.

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